Britton signs Swansea extension

The veteran midfielder is staying at the Liberty Stadium.

Britton signs Swansea extension
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On Monday, Swansea City announced that Leon Britton had signed a one-year extension with the club.

Britton's previous deal was set to run out at the end of this season, but it now lasts through to 2018.

The 33-year-old has been with the Swans since 2002 and is keen to keep going at the highest level for as long as possible.

Britton wants to keep on playing

Britton joined Swansea back in 2002 on an initial month-long loan spell from West Ham United, then returned permanently to star in the coming years for the side.

The central midfielder then spent the coming seven years in Wales, helping them through the divisions, before leaving for Sheffield United on a free transfer.

He spent just a single year with the Blades and then came back to his beloved Swans, where he has remained ever since.

Britton made his 514th appearance as he captained the side against Burnley, and admitted: "If I can reach 600 that would be great."

He is, however, remaining realistic of what he can reach: "Looking forward, I know my role will change a bit in terms of not playing as regularly as I have done over the years."

Britton took over the captain's duties from Ashley Williams last weekend. | Image source: TeamTalk
Britton took over the captain's duties from Ashley Williams last weekend. | Image source: TeamTalk

Battle for places in the middle

Despite Britton admitting he may not see as much first-team time as he used to, there is still ample opportunity to add to his tally.

Whether that be off the bench or as a capable starter - as he showed against the Clarets - his simple still means he can keep on playing the way that has made him successful.

With Leroy Fer, Ki Sung-yueng and Jack Cork as Francesco Guidolin's main options, the skipper will know he is an injury away from becoming a key player.